Jails suffer under early inmate release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - County jails across Kentucky are experiencing a financial crunch under the state's mandate to release some inmates early in an effort to save money and help rehabilitation.

Many of the 2,100 state inmates released so far under the plan lawmakers passed last year are housed at county jails.

For example, Christian County officials thought their jail in Hopkinsville was a moneymaker since it housed both county and state inmates, and officials expanded it from 94 beds in the 1990s to its current 707 beds.

Jailer Brad Boyd told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/Mojh3A) that some years its income outweighed its expenses, but now that 58 state inmates have been released early it has more beds than needed and may need $2.5 million from the county to help offset losses.

Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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